Gravestone for
John & Sarah Phillips May
May 19, 2003 update

On May 9th we initiated a mail-out campaign to raise funds to cover the balance needed for the total cost for the gravestone.

Eldon May reported on the 19th that sufficient contributions have been received to cover all estimated costs.

As agreed at the 2002 May Reunion, any excess funds collected will be donated to Friends of the Samuel May House, Inc.

Thanks to many descendants of John & Sarah May for their generous support of this project.

Essays about John May
Photos of present grave site

Report to: Descendants of John & Sarah May
May 9, 2003
Inscriptions on the gravestone

At the 2002 May Reunion in Prestonsburg, KY, we "passed the hat" and the attendees generously contributed $1,008 towards the purchase of a stone to be placed on the graves of our ancestors, John and Sarah Phillips May, on Shelby Creek in Pike [previously Floyd] County, Kentucky. Various suggestions on the type of stone to select and the inscriptions it should bear were openly discussed. Eldon May of Pike County volunteered to contact monument companies to get bids for an appropriate stone. This is a report on the progress to date:

* Grey granite stone from Valley View Monument Co. in Pikeville
* 48" wide by 24" high, placed on a thick granite base
* The metal D.A.R. marker for John will be embedded in the stone
* Total cost of stone,
inscription, and installation: $1,495
* The owner of the property has agreed to allow us to place the stone
* The stone will be installed this summer, probably by June 30th
* It will be placed directly behind the stone blocks that surround the

Another update will be posted after the gravestone is placed on the graves.

If you have any questions on this effort, please send me an email.

Marquita Otis, Eldon May, Fred May
ad hoc committee
May 9, 2003

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